Is it possible to have my uterus, big fibroids or cysts removed through these tiny incisions? How is that possible?
Yes, even a very large uterus or large fibroids can be removed laparoscopically. The tissue to be removed is cut into pieces with specially designed- for this purpose-instrument. Then the pieces are removed through one of the incisions.
What are the possible risks of laparoscopy?
Since laparoscopy involves minimal damage to body tissues, it is generally safer than open operations. A complication is an unforeseen problem that occurs during or after surgery, such as internal bleeding or injury to a healthy organ.
Possible Complications of Laparoscopy :
1. Risks for any type of surgery may be greater for people who are obese or have additional medical problems.
2. Laparoscopy usually requires general anesthesia, which carries certain risks. Modern general anesthesia, however, is safe and reactions are rare. Injury to blood vessels or organs, which causes bleeding are possible complications.
3. Sometimes the surgery cannot be successfully completed by laparoscopy. Then the doctor may have to complete the operation using traditional “open” abdominal surgery, called laparotomy. This is called “converting” to laparotomy.
How can I pick the best doctor for minimally invasive surgery?
1. It takes special training to do laparoscopic surgery. Patients may get traditional “open” surgery because that is the only kind their doctor offers.
2. Doctors need to perform laparoscopy regularly in order to develop and maintain their skills.
What kind of anesthesia is used for laparoscopy?
For laparoscopy, the patient is usually given a general anesthesia and is unconscious during the operation. General anesthesia relaxes muscles and makes it easier for the doctor to perform the surgery. Some procedures however are done with a local anesthetic.
The procedure depends on several factors, including the area of the body, the disease, the patient’s condition, and whether the operation is to diagnose or treat.
How Long Does Laparoscopy Take?
Diagnostic laparoscopy usually takes less than half an hour. If the procedure is for treatment, it will depend on the condition and the complexity of the operation. It may take an hour or more and sometimes much longer, depending on the procedure.
What Happens When The Patient Wakes Up?
The effects of general anesthesia make most people feel groggy at first, but they quickly become more alert. Some people experience nausea for a short time after awakening from a general anesthesia. In the recovery room, the individual first rests in bed, then gradually sits up, stands, and walks as balance and mobility are regained.
What Problems Can Occur After Surgery?
Complications after laparoscopic surgery are rare. Most people recover quickly and resume their normal activities without problems. However, the risk of infection or other problems exists as with any kind of surgery.
1. There may be some soreness near the incisions, especially when twisting or stretching the body.
2. If a breathing tube was used for the surgery, patients may have a mild sore throat.
There may be discomfort in the abdomen, upper chest, shoulders, and neck area due to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the abdomen, but this disappears quickly.